We never wanted war with Pakistan: Pranab

Srinagar, Feb 19: Denying having created war euphoria, India on Thursday said that war was not a solution to the problem of cross-border militancy adding that relations between the two countries c...

Srinagar, Feb 19: Denying having created war euphoria, India on Thursday said that war was not a solution to the problem of cross-border militancy adding that relations between the two countries cannot be brought to normal till perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks are brought to justice and terror infrastructure dismantled.
 Winding up the debates in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the motion of thanks to the President's address, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee justified government's strategy to depend on diplomacy to put pressure on Pakistan in the wake of Mumbai attacks, saying it had paid dividends.
 Suggesting that a big issue should not be made out of delay by Pakistan to respond to India's dossier on Mumbai attacks, he said it "does not mean we have to rub them on the wrong side" as India understands the "complexities".
 Pranab said India is examining the questions raised by Pakistan in response to Mumbai dossier and will share whatever information is possible. "But, please don't divert attention," he said apparently addressing Pakistan.
 In his reply in both Houses on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mukherjee detailed government's actions after the Mumbai carnage and other aspects of foreign policy as well as domestic issues like financial crisis.
 "We were advised why we can't retaliate like some other countries are doing," Mukherjee said adding, there were questions by some parties as to "why don't you attack Pakistan."
 Justifying the government's decision not to resort to any military action, he said the UPA believed that war with Pakistan would not solve the problem of terrorism. "It was never our intention," he said.
 He said India did not have any "quarrel" with the people of Pakistan, "but I cannot carry on business as usual till the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks are brought to justice and the infrastructural facilities which are available to the terrorists who are operating from there are dismantled."

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